Okowa congratulates Egbemode on her re-election as NGE President
It was who is who in the media profession at the convention of the Nigerian Guild of Editors where Mrs Funke Egbemode, of the New Telegraph Newspaper was re-elected as the President.
Egbemode won her position unopposed at the Guild`s Biennial Convention in Lagos on Saturday.
Other officers who were returned unopposed are Mr Frederick Fabor, Vice President, East; Hajiya Sani, Vice President North; and Mrs Victoria Ibanga as the General Secretary.
Mr Suleiman Gaya emerged as the Deputy President.
Other officers elected are Mustapha Isah, Vice President, West; Mr Ray Echebiri, Treasurer; and Mrs Mary Atologbe emerged assistant secretary.
Mr Ibrahim Mammaga of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) and his Leadership Newspaper counterpart, Mrs Catherine Agbo emerged as the Standing Committee members for the north.
Mr Steve Nwosu, Steve Osuji and Austin Elewodalu were elected as Standing Committee members for the West while Mrs Juliet Njiowhor and Mr Ikpong Udom won as Standing Committee members for the East.
The election committee led by veteran Journalist, Mr Ray Ekpu, supervised the hitch-free exercise and declared the officers as winners.
In her acceptance speech, Egbemode said she would work hard to effect positive changes in the Guild in two years.
“I regard this election as an investment and I will ensure that this confidence is treated with respect.
“I am truly humbled, lucky because of the numbers of editors that decided that one person is good and nobody should run against me,” she said.
The President assured that she would not disappoint her colleagues because they gave her an uncommon trust.
Meanwhile, Delta State Governor Senator Ifeanyi Okowa has congratulated Managing Director of the New Telegraph Publishing Limited, Mrs. Funke Egbemode, who was yesterday, re-elected the President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE).
Governor Okowa in a statement issued in Asaba on Sunday by his Chief Press Secretary, Charles Aniagwu, described the re-election of Egbemode as appropriate and well-deserved, adding that going by her contributions to the guild, it was expected that she would be re-elected.
The Governor noted that the entire members of the guild deserved accolades for re-electing Mrs Egbemode as President of the guild due to her invaluable and significant contributions to the journalism profession.
He further described Egbemode as a role model who has proved her mettle in the profession, adding that her recent re-election was well-deserving and an inspiration to other women striving to make a name in the profession.
“As Nigeria continues to grapple with the challenges of economic recession, it is therefore a challenge on the NGE, to ensure that editors continue to set agenda for the diversification of the economy through their editorial comments and feature writings,”
Okowa urged Egbemode to bring her wealth of experience to bear, not only in advancing the course of the guild, but also the journalism profession in general.